Enjoy Winter and the Olympics in Lake Placid, New York

March 15, 2011

Lake Placid Ski Jump Hill

Lake Placid Ski Jump Hill

I am a student attending Plattsburgh State University in Plattsburgh, New York. The region is found in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York. The town is a centrally located area. Just to the north is Canada and Montreal is a short drive away. Across the east is Lake Champlain and Vermont. To the south is one of my favorite places to visit, Lake Placid.

Lake Placid is most famous for the 1980 Olympic Games. The United States won Gold in Men’s Hockey with the Miracle on Ice. The XIII Olympic Winter Games must have been a special time and although I was not born until after that time, visiting Lake Placid and the Olympic skating rink facility is a chance to catch up on some of the great history of those games. In front of the arena is the Oval skating track where the speedskaters held their events. I bring my skates with me and go ice skating on this oval track.

My friends and I going skiing at Whiteface Mountain. The area has several different parts to ski and there are more challenging courses for advanced skiers. I fall into the middle category. My favorite thing is to be at the top of the mountain looking out over the beautiful Adirondack Mountains. Covered in snow, all the trees look so peaceful. The air has that quiet hush about it.

The Olympic Jumping Complex is something that amazes me more each time I visit. Looking up the mountain and seeing the large ski jumps looking back at you is a tremendous sight. I would love the opportunity to be able to go to the top of one of the jumps and make my way through the air. There is a glass enclosed elevator I took up to the observation deck on the K-120 meter jump. I am thinking that is the closest I will come to being able to jump down. Many Olympians still use the facilities to train. We had the opportunity to see some of them jumping one day we were there. It looks easy but I am told it takes a lot of training to be a good jumper.

For the thrill of your life, take the Bobsled Experience. It was amazing and I am already looking forward to my next trip to the bobsled run. The ride with racers that know how to drive and stop the sled is something Lake Placid offers as a part of their tourist package. The bobsled run has turns named Labyrinth, Shady, and The Heart. It was a scary experience but a lot of fun. They give you free stuff too like a T-Shirt, a pin, and a photo from your experience. Its not cheap but the $75 was well worth it.

Another weekend, my friends and I went snow tubing. There is a long chute that sends you flying down on an inner tube. This takes place on the Olympic Jumping Hill. I guess I was a lot closer to jumping than I thought. Since parking is tougher in places, they do offer a shuttle service for skiers and riders to the Whiteface Mountain. It is worth jumping aboard the shuttle. We pick it up at the Mirror Lake Inn not too far from the mountain but there are also some additional stops along the way such as Golden Arrow, Art Devlin’s, and Crowne Plaza.

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3 Responses to Enjoy Winter and the Olympics in Lake Placid, New York

  1. placidkid on March 24, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    In the early 1980’s, I went with several of my college buddies from Plattsburgh State to see the National Championship Ski jumping in Lake Placid. At that time, Matti Mykanen, a Finnish ski jumper was the one to beat. That particular day, he out jumped opponents by a large number. I also recall other ski jumpers from Finland dominating the sport. Not to long after that time, I recall Jeff Hastings from the United States do quite well against other jumpers from around the world.

  2. tracy_underw36 on June 3, 2012 at 11:01 am

    With this year being an Olympic year, I took my boys to Lake Placid for a visit. They are ten and eleven years old and have not had the chance to really experience what the games are all about. I have always enjoyed the games since I was a kid and the spirit of nations from many continents has been something I cherish.

    The summer time is pretty in Lake Placid. Missing is the ice and snow that covers the Olympic areas. But getting in and out of the village is much easier with clear dry roads. The ski slopes look quiet this time of year. I looked up trivia on the Internet and we had fun with that on the drive and while at lake Placid. Of course, everyone remembers the 1980 hockey team and the call from Al Michaels. But one of my favorite memories was from 1932 when Billy Fiske won the gold in bobsledding. It was actually his second medal having won one in the summer games as well.

    The arena which has the remains of what was the speed skating ring out front contains many photos and writings of the history of the Olympics in Lake Placid. I was surprised that the boys enjoyed themselves and took time to read each piece. I am certain we will enjoy watching the London games in July much better having experienced a live location in Lake Placid.

  3. cesar9s0 on August 2, 2012 at 5:57 am

    I really enjoy spending time in Lake Placid. Winters are special because of the large amount of skiing that can be done. However, summers are very refreshing as the temperatures at Lake Placid are very reasonable and a great way to beat the high 80’s and 90’s we experience back home.

    One of my favorite places in Lake Placid is a breathtaking gorge along the AuSable River.The High Falls Gorge has steel bridge walkways, paths for hiking, and glass floor areas where you can see the water flow as if you were standing in it. This gorge is said to be over a billion years old and as scary as the gorge can be, I find the area to be very safe and gives my family and I a sense of adventure. I love the sound and view of the waterfalls. You can experience the power from anywhere in the gorge.

    The area is an educational grounds where signs are posted showing the history of the gorge. The beautiful flowers raise many questions from my young kids every time we visit the gorge. They like to collect some of the gem stones to take to school for show and tell. I highly recommend visiting the High Falls Gorge.

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